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Traditional Kyoto-style Bookmaking
" Book Binding Workshop" 1. select book cover ( you can choose from our collection of old kimono textile / old cloth textile / varieties of fabrics ) 2. stitch the interior pages of the book by hand 3. cut the edge of the book to size 4. measure the book cover & other materials 5. set and arrange all paper and make book cover 6. assemble the interior of the book and book cover 7. press by hot iron with candle 8. use pressing tools to press book 9. glue on the cover of the book -finish- Other things to note If you are the family, we are very welcome. Under 5years old children might be difficult to have standard corse. In that case, embossing class would be better ( please check another workshop of mine!
Super Local Food & Craft Sake Bar Crawl
Close enough from KYOTO ! "One of the tapas bar is historical 80 YEARS OLD classic Japanese tapas bar! Point 1. Experience of this bar crawl will walk around deep side of Osaka, If you’re looking for "off the beaten path" munchies experience beyond Namba or Doutonbori area in Osaka, HERE is for YOU who wanna glimpse what a real local night life is. Point 2. Let me take you to three SPECIAL standing bar which most of them are originally opened as "liquor store" turned out to be a "Tapas Bar". Great things that we will have quality food/drinks as very reasonable price! Average cost is about 5000 - 6000 Yen ($40/€40ish) in total 3 restaurant. It means cheapest price than any other food/drinks tour and much more food/drinks than any as my tour pride. Point 3. You will encounter a bunch of flavorful food/drinks surrounded by full of local. You will be fit in well to local life without language barrier. I'll order your favorite taste which something "adventurous" and sure fire food like seasonal sashimi or variety of meat and veggies. If you find your favorite sake, you can buy a bottle in order to have your souvenir! Let's enjoy the night out together like a local. besides, I would like to talk about culture differences! I am music, movies and nature lover. Other things to note Food and drinks are NOT included in the tour fee. Vegetarian friendly! LGBTQ friendly!
Craft postcards in a family paper shop
On arrival, we'll create our own handmade paper from the raw ingredients, which will be turned into four postcards. Designing the paper with pressed flowers and leaves is the most fun process. While drying the paper, we'll watch a short movie about how Japanese paper is made, enjoy chatting over drinks. When the paper is dried, I'll show you how to use a traditional brush pen to write messages on the cards in Japanese. At the end, I 'll be able to guide you on how to mail your unique cards to your friends or family. Other things to note; Please be sure to bring the mailing addresses of the people you want to send your postcards to.
For Book Lovers! Kyoto Craft Workshop
Session 1 " Book Binding Workshop" 1. select book cover ( you can choose from our collection of old kimono textile / old cloth textile / varieties of fabrics ) 2. stitch the interior pages of the book by hand 3. cut the edge of the book to size 4. measure the book cover & other materials 5. set and arrange all paper and make book cover 6. assemble the interior of the book and book cover 7. press by hot iron with candle 8. use pressing tools to press book 9. glue on the cover of the book Session 2 ” Embossing ”  1. choose one or two words from Name/ Date/ Kyoto. Or, one line of your expression like poem or philosophy. 2. choose letter style from letter presses ( Western or Japanese/ Kanji -old Chinese characters ) 3. design to set letter press on the back page of your book cover 4. practice the technic of embossing several times 5. try to emboss with golden leaf ( silver / other colors ) please check photos for each process. -finish Other things to note This course is best suited for adults and families with kids over 13 yrs. old. If you’d like to enjoy a more family oriented class please choose our other course Traditional Kyoto Style Bookmaking.
Learn Kawaii wagashi making over matcha
I invite you to enter my atelier normally not accessible. A local fluent translator will help me in explaining details about wagashi ingredients, motifs, and technique! First you will learn about basic ingredients, materials and tools for making wagashi using visual chart, and I will demonstrate the basic skills step by step for you to follow and do the same way by modelling, moulding, and shaping your own Japanese sweet. You can learn not only the basic skills of making, but also the beauty of Japanese traditional colours used and how I express seasons in the design of the "sweets". Don't worry, you can take your time at your own pace, and focus on getting inspiration and enjoying the making! When some difficult techniques needed, of course I will help you. :-)  Also, you can ask me to take photos of your making as you have to keep your hands clean! Making will be about 40 minutes, and when finished, you will have a matcha tea time to taste your own wagashi. We can pack the remaining wagashi for your taking out! Ingredients are red beans(azuki), white kidney beans, sugar, yam potato, agar, and edible colors from vegetables and plants. Sometimes I may use egg yolk or rice powder, which I can avoid if you ask me in advance.

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Stamp-Book Making & Explore with Maestro
" Temple Stamp Book ( Gosyuincho ) making @ bookmaking studio 1. Choose one for your book ( enjoy our beautiful collection of vintage kimono textile / cloth textile / varieties of fabrics ) 2. Making the interior page by Washi papers ( temple special style ) learning technic with special blush & glue for the book 3. Listen to the story how the craftsmanship are in Kyoto watching old machine works 4. Measure the book cover, other materials & cut those to the size 5. Highlight : learn how to make the Book-cover with bamboo & paper in traditional way ” Embossing ”  We offer you the special opportunity to use our special machine & letterpresses, Those are you can’t experience anywhere in the world because the machine was made for the professionals and enough old. Some of them are the last forms in the world actually. Of corse, you need practices to get the point before embossing your own books using golden leaf ( or other colors like silver, red, blue, white ) –finish “Explore ( Let’s go out from studio ! ) “ About 5mins walking up to the shrine to get the first stamp by monks at shrines or temples neighbors. On the way, the road ( so called, Monster Street ) itself is enough historic, meaningful and interesting. The craftsman, Kimono maker and old shops around corner. Experience real Kyoto ! Other things to note It’s better to join the class before visiting some temples & shrines if you collect stumps there. Good matching to family activity !! Great & Only one souvenir with you when you leave local & professional studio.
Eat and drink like a local in Osaka
Experience what it feels like to be a local! This 3-hour experience focuses on standing izakayas in Kyobashi, a neighborhood filled with small, local favorite restaurants and bars. Eat and drink like a local in these hidden gems while interacting with friendly Osaka locals! With me as your local host, you will be encouraged to try old-school izakaya foods and interact with locals in a way that you otherwise wouldn't. We will go to 2-3 standing izakayas in Kyobashi for you to try various Japanese and Osaka local foods. The places I will take you to have no English signs or menus, but not to worry, I will translate them for you! By the end of the tour, you'll be able to order your own next round of food and drinks! Come with me to eat and drink like locals, with locals. Other things to note FOOD/DRINKS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE. Please know that the experience will be taken place in STANDING izakayas and they are smoking-friendly. This experience is NOT be for those who have many food restrictions or are very specific about the dishes they want.
Kyoto Samurai Experience
This is an excellent chance for visitors to get a firsthand look into the world of the samurai. Get a glimpse into the philosophies of bushido, the way of the warrior, and try your hand at wielding a real katana. Afterwards, practice some inward reflection with Zen meditation, used by the samurai to calm their minds during battle. -Form Practice- Before being given a real blade it is important to master the basics. We will begin our training using wooden practice swords and instruct you on the proper grip, posture, and form. -A Real Katana (Japanese sword)- After learning the basics, the next step is to wield a real katana, and use it to cut though a goza mat. We will place this target on a special stand and you can put your sword skills to the test. -Zen (meditation)- The course wraps up with an experience of Zen meditation. Through this deep meditation, you will be able to dissipate some of the excitement from practicing with the sword, and also learn ways in which Zen meditation can assist you in your daily life. -Other things to note- * You are allowed to take photos and videos anytime anywhere during the experience. * We do offer private bookings, please contact us through our website.
Kendo experience inside the Osaka Castle
Step right in to the Samurai world at the foot of the largest castle in Japan. “OSAKA Castle KENDO Experience" is for families, group or individuals who have desire to learn the BUSHIDO ("WAY OF SAMURAI") values through experiencing the traditional martial arts, KENDO (WAY OF SWORD). BUSHIDO values are the foundational behavioral and moral codes that formed the basics of Japanese mind. At the start of the experience, you will get dressed up with Kendo uniform, then learn the basic gestures, movements and skills by the instruction of a professional Kendo player, who started Kendo from his childhood.After that, you will wear all the Kendo armors and practice all the skills with your team members. The instructor will teach you everything in English. Q&A is always welcomed during the workshop. It is a very safe family activity but exciting enough to meet your adventurous expectation! Other things to note Please be prepared for training, bring some water and take care.
お寿司を作って抹茶も楽しみましょう
Don't you think that it would be wonderful to make sushi at home? At first, Yumiko showes and explains all Japanese seasonings. Next you will make tamagoyaki or Japanese omelette. And then you make two different popular styles of sushi: nigirizushi and makizushi. You can learn some useful skills as well as sushi history. I bet you enjoy two different ways of making sushi. I think you can hold a happy sushi party when you go back home. ( We have vegetarian and vegan friendly menus. We try to meet your needs as much as we can. Feel free to make your request. ) In the end of this course, Yumiko will serve a bowl of matcha or powdered green tea with Japanese sweet. If you have enough time, you can make a bowl of match by yourself :-) Why don’t you try it?! Note: if you are allergic to some foods, please let me know.

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Traditional Kyoto-style Bookmaking
" Book Binding Workshop" 1. select book cover ( you can choose from our collection of old kimono textile / old cloth textile / varieties of fabrics ) 2. stitch the interior pages of the book by hand 3. cut the edge of the book to size 4. measure the book cover & other materials 5. set and arrange all paper and make book cover 6. assemble the interior of the book and book cover 7. press by hot iron with candle 8. use pressing tools to press book 9. glue on the cover of the book -finish- Other things to note If you are the family, we are very welcome. Under 5years old children might be difficult to have standard corse. In that case, embossing class would be better ( please check another workshop of mine!
Premium Kimono Tea Ceremony at Maikoya with the Garden
You will make a green tea (Matcha) in an ancient style Japanese tea ceremony room wearing Kimono. First, you will chose your kimono. I will help to make sure that you are dressed correctly also your hair match the traditional styles. You will a selection of kimono in sizes appropriate for women, men, boys, and girls . Second, I will give you an introduction to the Japanese tea ceremony and associated rituals. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony will be held and you will make a green tea (Matcha), drink it, then eat Japanese sweets (Wagashi) which is suitable for the green tea. Lastly, you are allowed to take pictures in the tea ceremony room after the ceremony and in front of our unique backdrops! Other things to note ・You have an option to do the tea ceremony by sitting on a chair. Please let me know in advance! ・Children under 6 can not enter the tea ceremony venue.
Super Local Food & Craft Sake Bar Crawl
Close enough from KYOTO ! "One of the tapas bar is historical 80 YEARS OLD classic Japanese tapas bar! Point 1. Experience of this bar crawl will walk around deep side of Osaka, If you’re looking for "off the beaten path" munchies experience beyond Namba or Doutonbori area in Osaka, HERE is for YOU who wanna glimpse what a real local night life is. Point 2. Let me take you to three SPECIAL standing bar which most of them are originally opened as "liquor store" turned out to be a "Tapas Bar". Great things that we will have quality food/drinks as very reasonable price! Average cost is about 5000 - 6000 Yen ($40/€40ish) in total 3 restaurant. It means cheapest price than any other food/drinks tour and much more food/drinks than any as my tour pride. Point 3. You will encounter a bunch of flavorful food/drinks surrounded by full of local. You will be fit in well to local life without language barrier. I'll order your favorite taste which something "adventurous" and sure fire food like seasonal sashimi or variety of meat and veggies. If you find your favorite sake, you can buy a bottle in order to have your souvenir! Let's enjoy the night out together like a local. besides, I would like to talk about culture differences! I am music, movies and nature lover. Other things to note Food and drinks are NOT included in the tour fee. Vegetarian friendly! LGBTQ friendly!
Craft postcards in a family paper shop
On arrival, we'll create our own handmade paper from the raw ingredients, which will be turned into four postcards. Designing the paper with pressed flowers and leaves is the most fun process. While drying the paper, we'll watch a short movie about how Japanese paper is made, enjoy chatting over drinks. When the paper is dried, I'll show you how to use a traditional brush pen to write messages on the cards in Japanese. At the end, I 'll be able to guide you on how to mail your unique cards to your friends or family. Other things to note; Please be sure to bring the mailing addresses of the people you want to send your postcards to.
Kyoto Tour in One Day, See All of ElevenTop Sights
【New release at a special price】 Kyoto city is full of tourist spots, it's a kind of amusement park itself. But the transportation is so complicated even for Japanese people. Then tourists may visit 5-6 tourist spots in one day. But through this experience, we will take you to the most popular tourist spots in Kyoto, in one day! You have a chance to take photos of very beautiful scenery though this tour. Example of itinerary 1 Meet in front of the Exit of JR Inari station. 2 Fushimi Inari Shrine: The No.1 sightseeing spot chosen by overseas customers! It is famous for the Torii corridor. 3 Arashiyama: Beautiful bamboo forest and Japanese nature. 4 Ride the Randen Tram Line: Cute local small tram. 5 Ryoan-ji Temple: The stone garden here became famous because Queen Elizabeth visited here and praised it. 6 Lunch: Eat at a Sushi-go-round! (Sushi, Ramen, Kara-Age, Beer, Mochi too!) 7 Kinkakuji Temple: The famous golden temple! 8 Nijo Castle: This castle is a must-see for its gorgeous partition paintings that showed the power of the Tokugawa shogunate. 9 Sanjusangendo: The sight of 1,000 Buddhist statues lined up is a sight to behold! 10 Kiyomizu Temple: The most popular tourist spot for Japanese tourists. 11 Sanneizaka: Souvenir shops lined up this pedestrian road. 12 Yasaka Pagoda: A major symbol of Kyoto. 13 Gion area: The beauty of local life
For Book Lovers! Kyoto Craft Workshop
Session 1 " Book Binding Workshop" 1. select book cover ( you can choose from our collection of old kimono textile / old cloth textile / varieties of fabrics ) 2. stitch the interior pages of the book by hand 3. cut the edge of the book to size 4. measure the book cover & other materials 5. set and arrange all paper and make book cover 6. assemble the interior of the book and book cover 7. press by hot iron with candle 8. use pressing tools to press book 9. glue on the cover of the book Session 2 ” Embossing ”  1. choose one or two words from Name/ Date/ Kyoto. Or, one line of your expression like poem or philosophy. 2. choose letter style from letter presses ( Western or Japanese/ Kanji -old Chinese characters ) 3. design to set letter press on the back page of your book cover 4. practice the technic of embossing several times 5. try to emboss with golden leaf ( silver / other colors ) please check photos for each process. -finish Other things to note This course is best suited for adults and families with kids over 13 yrs. old. If you’d like to enjoy a more family oriented class please choose our other course Traditional Kyoto Style Bookmaking.
Learn Kawaii wagashi making over matcha
I invite you to enter my atelier normally not accessible. A local fluent translator will help me in explaining details about wagashi ingredients, motifs, and technique! First you will learn about basic ingredients, materials and tools for making wagashi using visual chart, and I will demonstrate the basic skills step by step for you to follow and do the same way by modelling, moulding, and shaping your own Japanese sweet. You can learn not only the basic skills of making, but also the beauty of Japanese traditional colours used and how I express seasons in the design of the "sweets". Don't worry, you can take your time at your own pace, and focus on getting inspiration and enjoying the making! When some difficult techniques needed, of course I will help you. :-)  Also, you can ask me to take photos of your making as you have to keep your hands clean! Making will be about 40 minutes, and when finished, you will have a matcha tea time to taste your own wagashi. We can pack the remaining wagashi for your taking out! Ingredients are red beans(azuki), white kidney beans, sugar, yam potato, agar, and edible colors from vegetables and plants. Sometimes I may use egg yolk or rice powder, which I can avoid if you ask me in advance.
Kyoto Foodie Night Tour
We will share a course-meal ranging from modern to traditional Japanese food across 4-6 food stands and restaurants. I have chosen these vendors to talk about quality food and rich food culture that represent Kyoto. Throughout the evening, we will try many kinds of foods different from other Japanese cities offer with other foodies! Other things to note Please let me know if you have food restrictions or allergies beforehand. I update my tour availability by the 3rd week for next month. Even if you don't see availability, please check back later.
Stamp-Book Making & Explore with Maestro
" Temple Stamp Book ( Gosyuincho ) making @ bookmaking studio 1. Choose one for your book ( enjoy our beautiful collection of vintage kimono textile / cloth textile / varieties of fabrics ) 2. Making the interior page by Washi papers ( temple special style ) learning technic with special blush & glue for the book 3. Listen to the story how the craftsmanship are in Kyoto watching old machine works 4. Measure the book cover, other materials & cut those to the size 5. Highlight : learn how to make the Book-cover with bamboo & paper in traditional way ” Embossing ”  We offer you the special opportunity to use our special machine & letterpresses, Those are you can’t experience anywhere in the world because the machine was made for the professionals and enough old. Some of them are the last forms in the world actually. Of corse, you need practices to get the point before embossing your own books using golden leaf ( or other colors like silver, red, blue, white ) –finish “Explore ( Let’s go out from studio ! ) “ About 5mins walking up to the shrine to get the first stamp by monks at shrines or temples neighbors. On the way, the road ( so called, Monster Street ) itself is enough historic, meaningful and interesting. The craftsman, Kimono maker and old shops around corner. Experience real Kyoto ! Other things to note It’s better to join the class before visiting some temples & shrines if you collect stumps there. Good matching to family activity !! Great & Only one souvenir with you when you leave local & professional studio.
Free sightseeing in Kyoto with kimono
There are many ceremonies in Japan. Do you know Toso(spice sake)? Toso celebrates the New Year on New Year's Day, prays for a safe year, and drinks with family. Toso is liquor soaked with medicinal herbs. The vessel is special because it is an important ceremony. Toso is only available for the New Year. So I put a little sake in the bowl. There are three bowls, so you will taste three types of sake. Underage people and people who can not drink alcohol use water. However, I will get you dressed in kimono before that. Please choose your favorite kimono. You will be excited while dress up in kimono. You will be surprised at the beauty of your kimono. Let's make a wonderful kimono style just for you! This is a small house in the city. If you wear a kimono and drink alcohol, it will feel even more delicious. Once you have a great kimono, take a picture. There is a red umbrella as a prop for taking photos. A new ninja sword has been prepared this year. If you like, go to a nearby photo spot together. After that, please go sightseeing freely with kimono. Please return by 9 pm. If you want to take a walk in Kyoto at night, please contact me by the day before. I will increase the evening time only if there are no other reservations. Other things to note If you are pregnant, you can not dress a kimono. Hair arrangement is free when you make a reservation now. And unlimited hair accessories You can choose.
Eat and drink like a local in Osaka
Experience what it feels like to be a local! This 3-hour experience focuses on standing izakayas in Kyobashi, a neighborhood filled with small, local favorite restaurants and bars. Eat and drink like a local in these hidden gems while interacting with friendly Osaka locals! With me as your local host, you will be encouraged to try old-school izakaya foods and interact with locals in a way that you otherwise wouldn't. We will go to 2-3 standing izakayas in Kyobashi for you to try various Japanese and Osaka local foods. The places I will take you to have no English signs or menus, but not to worry, I will translate them for you! By the end of the tour, you'll be able to order your own next round of food and drinks! Come with me to eat and drink like locals, with locals. Other things to note FOOD/DRINKS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE. Please know that the experience will be taken place in STANDING izakayas and they are smoking-friendly. This experience is NOT be for those who have many food restrictions or are very specific about the dishes they want.
Explore an Amusement arcade at night tour near Kyoto Station
I'll take you on a private night tour to a modern amusement arcade in Kyoto. This will be a really fun and exciting time in Kyoto with me, a guide to Japanese pop culture. You may experience traditional and historical culture throughout the day at shrines and temples. Then, join this night trip to explore Japanese pop culture by playing cutting-edge arcade games. Send a message if you would want to modify the start time. By 10 p.m., children are permitted to enter amusement arcades with their parents. First, I'll offer a brief talk on Japanese amusement arcades and related pop culture. Following that, we have fun playing the arcade games below. In some arcade games the settings screen is only displayed in Japanese and I can help you to set them. 100-400JPY each play is the price. - Claw machines/Crane games/UFO catchers - Car racing games like Mario Kart - Air-hockey tables and basketball hoops - Dancing games with cutting-edge motion capture system - "Pachinko" a mechanical game originating in Japan - Unique and various token games originating in Japan This will be a really fun and exciting time in Kyoto with me, a Manga and Anime guide. Of course, I am a native of Kyoto, so feel free to ask for recommendations for neighborhood favorites.
KIMONO & PHOTOSHOOT in KYOTO GION
Welcome to my experience! :-) There are two parts in this experiences: Kimono Wearing and Photoshoot. [ On the day - Kimono Wearing (40-60 minutes) ] Reach the kimono shop at least 1 to 2 hrs BEFORE the SCHEDULED TIME of photoshoot Select the right Kimono ■ A professional kitsuke sensei will help with wearing the Kimono ■ Then a professional stylist will help with hair styling ■ Kimono upgrade/Make-up service is available with additional fee (decide at the shop) [ On the day - Photoshoot ] ■ We meet at the Kimono shop ON the SCHEDULED TIME ■ Walk around Kyoto Gion area ■ As we walk together, I will suggest some suitable spots for photoshoot ■ I will take photo group by group ■ Don’t worry about posing as I will guide you along the way ■ After the photoshoot, you can wear the kimono until 6-8pm [ About photo ] ■ 10 edited full resolution photos per participant ■ all unedited JPEG 200-400 photos, send within 7 days via cloud drive [ Note ] ■ You can always ask me if I can open the schedule for you if it’s not listed ■ Kimono upgrade (Nishaku, Furisode, Hakama) is available with extra fee. We also provide full scale package for half/full day casual or pre-wedding photoshoot at any locations within Japan. Please contact me for details. Other airbnb photoshoots experiences in Kansai area: ■ Kyoto Gion ■ Kyoto Arashiyama ■ Kyoto Fushimi Inari ■ Nara ■ Osaka
Caffeine walk in Kyoto
*Custom dates are possible, please contact me* Lets explore the Japanese coffee and tea culture together! Did you ever had a coffee inside a shinto shrine, made from local spring water, which the Emperor was also drinking? We are going to a local shrine to drink coffee made of local spring water and enjoying the lush scenery at the shrine and exploring the unique Emperor's palace park area. We are visiting one of the oldest tea shop in Kyoto where I show you the various type of teas and utensils, and we are also visiting a fresh and modern, Japan style minimalist cafe, runned by young local entrepreneurs. Why the culture of green tea is important, what is matcha, gyokuro, sencha, what is drip coffee and what is the coffee of Japan? Lets discuss these topics on the way, where you can taste many tea or coffee of your choice. The price of the drinks are not included, everybody can freely decide what to taste and drink. Soymilk and oatsmilk are available.
Japanese tea ceremony experience in ANOAN, KYOTO
You can make a reservation to participate in the tea ceremony experience in our studio, enjoy the 60-minute service and immerse yourself in the unique Japanese culture tour. The Tea Ceremony experience in ANKOAN kicks out your fatigue in the journey. While tasting the welcome tea made by Yuka, you can talk about the tea ceremony and whatever. Then move to another layer of matcha tearoom, watching the process of making Matcha tea and tasting Matcha and delicious Wagashi. At this time, you’d better observe the teacher's action for making matcha carefully. Do you know why? Because you will experience to make mathca personally later on. But don't worry, the teacher will be around you to instruct and explain, so that you can fully experience the fun of making Japanese matcha. At the same time, we can share what we see and what we feel, such as "how do Japanese people live?", "how did Japanese culture come into being?” and so on. With the experience of matcha, we, from different cultures, can get closer to each other in the process of communication, which is the highlight of tea ceremony experience in ANKOAN. And then, please get down to tasting the matcha made by yourself, which contains Japan's profound culture, and end this pleasant experience. In addition: you can take pictures indoor freely. Other things to note =Business Hours= 10:00-18:00 =Off Day= December 31st to January 3rd ※We will be closed for attending lectures abroad or domestic activities. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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